The Wilderness Trail
Montour became intoxicated several times, and abused him, the Governor, and the Secretary, for not paying him for his trouble and expenses. "I reprimanded him when sober," Weiser added; "he begged pardon, desired me not to mention it to you; but did the same thing again at another drunken frolic. ... I left him drunk at Acwick; on one leg he had a stocking and no shoe; on the other, a shoe and no stocking. From six of the clock till past nine, I begged him to go with me; but to no purpose. He swore terrible when he saw me mount my horse. I went that day over Tuscarora Hill to Jacob Piat's in a very great rain; and over Kititany Hill the next day, to James Dunning. On the ioth, on nine of the clock in the morning, I came to Carlisle, light at William Buhanon's, where I found Andrew M. He welcomed me with shaking hands, called me a one side, asked pardon for offense given. He was arrived there the day before. He never stopped at his own house but for an hour, for fear of failing in meeting me. He is now gone to Virginia."
Montour probably remained in Maryland or Virginia until about the middle of December; or else he returned there again before that time; as Governor Sharpe wrote of his presence in the camp at Will's Creek (Cumberland), on December ioth. Before the end of that month, however, he was back at his home in Shearman's Valley, near Harris's Ferry. John Harris wrote to Edward Shippen from Paxtang, December 28, 1754: "This week Captain Andrew Montour has made his interest so good with my Bro. William Harris as to persuade him to go with him to our camp [at Will's Creek], and engages that he shall receive a lieutenant's commission under him. . . . Their company of white men I expect to have completed by Monday next, or day following. They expect to march for Will's Creek by the way of Oughwick, in order to take a number of Indians with them. Some Indians that's here leaves their families and sets off with them with all cheerfulness imaginable; and I '11 assure you upon my brother's inclining to go, the young men about here enlisted immediately, with the small encouragement I gave them, which was but my desire; and I hope that this company will act their part so well as to be a credit to our River Men, which almost the whole consists of.'' Two days later, Captain Montour himself sent a letter to Secretary Peters, written for him by the hand of John Harris, in which he said: "I design to-morrow to march with my company, men raised here, for Will's Creek, by the way of Oughwick. I leave under the care of John Harris two Indian families. . . . All the men of the above said Indian families goes to the Camp with me cheerfully, and are of the Mingoes; and were at the Skirmish when La Force was taken [the first battle of Great Meadows] and his men."
How long Andrew Montour remained at Will's Creek is not certain; but he was there again in the spring, and on General Braddock's arrival